Lazada Philippines aff_i?offer_id=3127&file_id=94990&aff_id=150634 - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - History

normal_post - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - History Author Topic: Treasure Hunter Ben Benson  (Read 885 times)

MIKELIGALIG.com

  • FOUNDER
  • Webmaster
  • *****
  • avatar_1382_1499847132 - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - History
  • Posts: 22922
  • medal1 - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - Historymedal2 - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - Historymedal3 - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - History
  • NEED A WEBSITE? email me: info@mikeligalig.com
    • Share Post
xx - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - History
Treasure Hunter Ben Benson
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:57:10 PM »
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) February 14, 2018

It wasn’t gold, silver or even precious stones, but copper that caught treasure hunter Ben Benson’s interest this time. Buried away in a nondescript US Government warehouse lay the original master copper engraving plates used to create maps of areas within the United States. Authorized by Congress in 1880, the hand-etched engravings were typically 17” x 21” each requiring hundreds of hours of careful work, resulting in true works of art that were the most accurate maps of our country for many years.

In 2015, with little fanfare, the US Government decided to dispose of those historical treasures. Any governmental agencies and museums that were aware of the disposition could apply to receive some of the engravings, with the rest to be auctioned off.

That’s where Benson came in. He regularly peruses the government auction website and has bid on many unusual and varied items, such as a Cold War-era, 140-acre underground nuclear protected complex in Kansas, a small town in the Virginia Mountains formerly used as an NSA-Navy Base and a massive ice-breaking tugboat. In 2013, Benson even bought the USS Baylander, a helicopter landing ship billed as the US Navy’s smallest aircraft carrier.

“I first saw the copper plates on the government auction website, listed, oddly enough, in the jewelry section,” Benson said. “What I saw truly amazed me. The plates capture America as it once was, a moment frozen in time. Think of it, Newport Beach, CA-1894, with just a handful of buildings along the coastline; Malibu, CA-1900, as a nearly undeveloped coast; and also a (back-then) “small town” — Bridgeport, CT in 1889.

“The map plates are national, historic treasures. I am surprised that the US Government would dispose of them. Wouldn’t it be a shame if they were melted down for the scrap copper value?”

Keenly aware of the risks of finding lost “treasure”, Benson nonetheless spent a small fortune acquiring 862 sets of the plates, encompassing some 44 states and weighing 16 tons. Now he hopes to connect them with others who care about history.

Currently, Benson is focusing on reaching out to people in the areas represented by the maps, who, Benson believes, will find meaning and pride in owning a part of their local history. He will begin auctioning the California plate collection this month.

“This project isn’t about making money,” Benson said. “I would be happy just to break even. It’s about saving these local treasures from the trash bin of history.”

Linkback: https://tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com/index.php?topic=89220.0
Romans 10:9-10
"If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

personal015320100 - Treasure Hunter Ben Benson - History

pCloud Premium


Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
The Legend of Gen.Yamashita's Treasure

Started by vrglguapo on History

0 Replies
1165 Views
Last post December 06, 2010, 06:36:00 PM
by vrglguapo
 

Booking.com

Latest Topics

Establishment of Governor Generoso Institute of Arts and Sciences (GGIAS) by MIKELIGALIG.com
[Yesterday at 03:47:03 PM]


Financial loan assistance in Ilocos Sur with low interest rates by MIKELIGALIG.com
[Yesterday at 03:27:14 PM]


Sinulog in Bien Unido by MIKELIGALIG.com
[Yesterday at 03:24:58 PM]


Bohol News by MIKELIGALIG.com
[January 21, 2019, 12:38:37 AM]


The Certainty of Christ's Bodily Resurrection by MIKELIGALIG.com
[January 19, 2019, 07:13:59 PM]


Why dress well by islander
[January 19, 2019, 05:25:44 PM]


Happy New Year 2014 to Tubag Bohol denizens! by islander
[January 19, 2019, 05:24:40 PM]


The deadliest bullet by islander
[January 19, 2019, 05:23:25 PM]


Getting rid of cancer by MIKELIGALIG.com
[January 13, 2019, 11:33:52 AM]


FILIPINOS OF THE YEAR 2018 by islander
[January 12, 2019, 03:30:23 PM]

SMF spam blocked by CleanTalk
pCloud Premium
Powered by SMFPacks SEO Pro Mod | Sitemap
Mobile View
SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2019, SimplePortal